By Andrew Hooper - Williams F1 Team
February 25 2012
The Williams F1 team would complete the final day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. On a day that would see Pastor Maldonado complete 134 laps the team continued to produce data that will enable them to produce improvements to the FW34. The next test is in early March at the same circuit.
24:02:2012 Day Four
Chassis / engine FW34-01 / RS27-5281/1
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 4.655km
Objectives Race simulation and set-up work
Weather Dry and sunny all day
Ambient & track temps 23ºC / 29ºC
The final day of the Williams F1 Barcelona Test would again see Pastor
Maldonado carrying out the driving duties. The day would again start off
cold. After having set the quickest time on the previous day in a series of
short runs Pastor would take a totally
different approach with the team carrying out a race simulation. With the
start of the day Pastor would come out and complete a run of fourteen laps
with his times in the 1m:30s. This run would see him on the soft tyre. He
would pit after eighteen laps. Ten minutes later and Pastor was back out for
another run that would see him run on the medium tyres.
This run would see him start on the twentieth lap and continue right through
to the seventy first. His times on this run would range from the 1m:27s
through to the 1m:30s. Pastor would pit on lap thirty four and after this
stop his times would drop into the 1m:27s. ON lap fifty four he would set
his quickest time of the day so far a 1m:24.667. Till the end of his run his
times would be in the 1m:25s and 1m:26s. From his pit stop Pastor had
averaged a respectable 1m27.2s while running on the medium tyres. The
quickest time so far was a 1m:22.749 by Kobayashi running on the medium
After a forty minute break Pastor would return to the track for another
series, like yesterday, of short runs. His first run would be on the mediums
where he would set a 1m:241.83. It would be on the second of these that
Pastor would again take to the track
running the super soft tyre and he would set his quickest time with a
1m:22.561. On the soft tyre Kobayashi had set a 1m:22.312. Pastor would pit
and come back out for one final lap before the lunch break setting a
1m:24.735, having completed eighty six laps.
Nearly two hours after the end of the lunch break Pastor would return to the
track. His lap times would be in the low 1m:29s. His run was on the hard
tyre and after twelve laps he would pit. Pastor had now completed one
hundred and one laps. His next run would
see him complete seven laps with his times in the 1m:30s. After a short stop
he would return to the track and start a longer run on the medium tyres. He
would pit after completing twelve laps, seeing Pastor complete a total of
126 laps and the day drew to a
close. The Williams team was certainly doing well in terms of the
reliability of the new FW34. On his last run Pastor's times would start in
the 1m:29s and drop off to 1m:30s. With twenty minutes remaining Pastor
would come out on medium tyres but a red flag
would stop the session. It would be Kobayashi who was off on the side of the
track at Turn thirteen. Pastor would pit having completed a total of 131
With five minutes remaining Pastor was able to return to the track but he
would only have enough time to complete one timed lap, 1m:34.001. Pastor
would finish the day second fastest on what was again a very productive day
for the Williams team as they prepare
for the opening race in Australia.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: We've had a really productive
day's testing to end an excellent couple of weeks. Today Pastor went through
a competitive race simulation and both the car and he performed very well,
ending the day with some long run comparisons. We have gathered a prodigious
amount of data over more than 3500kms of testing and we will now regroup
back at the factory to understand how to further improve the set-up and
development direction ahead of the next Barcelona test.
Pastor Maldonado: It has been a positive test for the team. We’ve had
no problems with the car, getting in some good mileage across all four days.
We now have a great deal of data to analyse so we will keep pushing to
improve our car for the next test. I am
looking forward to coming back next week for the final test, and getting
back to racing very soon.
The Williams F1
Team will be back on track to continue pre-season testing at the Circuit de
Catalunya, Barcelona from 1 – 4 March.
DRIVER TEAM TIME BEST / TOTAL LAPS
1 K Kobayashi Sauber F1 Team 1:22.312 49 / 144
2 P Maldonado Williams F1 Team 1:22.561 78 / 134
3 P Di Resta Sahara Force India 1:23.119 55 / 101
4 J Button McLaren Mercedes 1:23.200 17 / 115
5 F Massa Ferrari 1:23.563 38 / 103
6 M Webber Red Bull Racing 1:23.774 32 / 85
7 J E Vergne Toro Rosso 1:23.792 36 / 92
8 N Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.843 103 / 139
9 H Kovalainen Caterham F1 Team 1:26.968 62 / 70
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